Other singer-songwriters, acclaimed and obscure alike, include Dan Bern, David Francey, Hayes Carll, Jason Collett, Martin Sexton, Rose Cousins, Serena Ryder, the Avett Brothers, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock), Whitehorse and Xavier Rudd.
Blues, funk and soul fans will get their fix courtesy of Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Ken Whiteley & The Levy Sisters and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Manitoba artists will be represented by Del Barber, Oh My Darling, Madam Diva, Seanster and the Monsters, the Magnificent 7s, and the JD Edwards Band.
Then there are the artists who grew up musically at the festival, such as Rudd and Ryder.
“They started when they were smaller, unknown acts and they’ve grown in to headliners,” Frayer says. “That’s one thing we pride ourselves on; we develop our own headliners within our own festival culture.”
The 2013 lineup is about 95 per cent complete, he says. And as much as it’s a retrospective of where the festival has been, it also reflects the ongoing mission to bring lots of new artists through the door.
Many of them are young musicians armed with guitars, banjos, mandolins and an old-time sound.
“A lot of folk music is definitely having a revival,” Frayer says. Frank Fairfield, for example, hails from Los Angeles and is in his late 20s but plays old-fashioned “hillbilly” music and wears tweeds and grandpa shirts and uses hair oil.
For the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s full 2013 lineup, go to www.winnipegfolkfest.ca